Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
Since the lucky residents of Walthamstow got a brand new Empire in 2014, Lewisham is the now the only London borough without a cinema. To combat this injustice, the NXDFFF is screening films in all sorts of unusual venues: the Big Red (a pizzeria in a London bus, where you can watch back-to-back cat videos), The Shaftesbury Christian Centre and the Sanford Housing Cooperative are all taking part. Screenings include open-air, bike-powered showings of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (Fordham Park, Saturday April 25, 7pm) and 'Wizard of Oz' (Telegraph Hill Upper Park, Sunday May 5, 8.30pm), a 'Frozen' Sing-along at Deptford Lounge (Sunday May 5, 2pm) and Gus van Sant's controversial film 'Elephant' at Goldsmiths College (Wednesday April 29, 7.30pm).Read more
Last year the makers of Street Feast brought their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham. Foodies of south east London loved it so much that it's back in 2015, serving delicious portable dinners from the likes of Rola Wala, Mother Flipper and SmokeStak. Booze comes in all sorts of varieties, most notably alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.Read more
Seven tracks from seven well-known bands and artists are each pressed 100 times into 7" singles, then creatives from around the world illustrate the cover artwork for one of the seven tracks, resulting in a very limited-edition piece of art that you can own, for the reasonable sum of £50. All 700 sleeves on show will go on sale on May 4, with song and artist both being kept secret until the purchase. Artists this year include Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono and Sam Taylor-Johnson.Read more
Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. More than 250 specimens from the Natural History Museum's collections will also be on show, including coral collected by Darwin on the HMS Beagle. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.Read more
If you like your meals to scream 'North of the border' this five-course supperclub will have you donning tartan and borrowing bagpipes. Many of the ingredients on the menu have been smoked in a whisky barrel, and traditional Scottish flavours will include cullen skink (smoked haddock), tattie scones and hot toddies. The centrepiece of the meal will be a salt-baked lamb shoulder served to your table whole: you'll need to designate somebody you trust to be mum. Tickets include a whisky cocktail and a cash bar will be serving all night. Competitive diners will be pleased to hear about the table tennis, beer pong and more sedentary, drink-friendly games on offer.Read more
Venue says: Your new favourite café in the heart of Soho! Serving British-Italian-French fusion menu, and the very best coffee!
When someone says, ‘Come back to my place’, you don’t expect to see mud tiles on the ceiling – especially in Soho. But that’s just one of many quirky features in this charmingly eccentric coffee shop. What’s more, its decorative brass wall panels, heavy latticed doors and copper-topped tables make a refreshing change from the pared-back, #iwokeuplikethis decor of many cookie-cutter coffee shops in London. The café is open from morning coffee and pastries (make a beeline for the vanilla-scented cannoli) all the way through to post-theatre nightcaps. Its menu is long and varied, spanning soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta specials and charcuterie and cheese platters. Everything we tried was perfectly good without being pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming great. What tips the balance for this place is the warm welcome extended to customers by genuinely friendly staff; clichéd as it sounds, we were made to feel right at home. Our apple, carrot and ginger soup had astutely balanced flavours; a chicken and pesto sandwich featured a good ratio of tender meat to airy, lightly toasted ciabatta; while a generous portion of nicely burnished homemade lasagne came with a carefully prepared side salad. Best of all was a small platter of headily smoked Corsican coppa. We could have bedded in for the afternoon with a couple of coffees and a cannoli – and no doubt Soho’s office-less contingent will be doing so soon. We think you’ll dig the mud too, and will want to come back.